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2010 in golf

This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2010.

Contents

Men's professional golfEdit

Major championships

World Golf Championships

FedEx Cup playoff events - see 2010 FedEx Cup Playoffs

Other leading PGA Tour events

  • 6–9 May: The Players Championship - South African Tim Clark, who had previously made more money than anyone else on the PGA Tour without ever winning a tournament, took the championship by one shot over Australian Robert Allenby. Prior to his victory, Clark had played in 206 PGA Tour events without ever winning.
  • 19–22 August: Wyndham Championship – In the final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs, Arjun Atwal made history by becoming the first Indian-born player ever to win on the PGA Tour, as well as the first Monday qualifier to win on tour since 1986.

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2010 PGA Tour.

Other leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2010 European Tour.

Team events

  • 1–4 October: Ryder Cup - Europe win 14½-13½ after an unprecedented Monday finish following a weather affected tournament at Celtic Manor.

Tour leaders

Awards

Other tour results

Other happenings

Women's professional golfEdit

LPGA majors

Ladies European Tour major (in addition to the Women's British Open)

  • 22–25 July: Evian Masters - Korean Jiyai Shin won her seventh career LPGA Tour title by one shot and reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings from Japan's Ai Miyazato.

For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see Ladies European Tour.

Additional LPGA Tour events

For a complete list of LPGA Tour results see 2010 LPGA Tour.

Money list leaders

Awards

Other happenings

  • 23 April – Lorena Ochoa, the world's top-ranked player, announced her retirement. The 28-year-old Ochoa, with two majors and 25 other LPGA tour wins, indicated that she wanted to raise a family and work with her charitable foundation. Her last regular event was the Tres Marias Championship, although she also said she would play in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, the tournament she hosts, in November in her hometown of Guadalajara.
  • 2 May – Jiyai Shin claimed the World Number One Ranking, surpassing Lorena Ochoa who had held the position for the previous 158 weeks. Shin's ascension came after she won the Cyber Agent Ladies event on the Japan LPGA Tour. It was her seventh victory worldwide in the previous two years, including three wins on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa, playing in her last LPGA tournament before her announced retirement would have had to finish in fourth place or higher to retain the Number One position; she finished sixth.
  • 9 May – The body of 25-year-old LPGA player and former University of Arizona standout Erica Blasberg was found in her Henderson, Nevada home with a plastic bag over her head. On 24 August, the Clark County Coroner ruled her death a suicide. The primary cause of death was asphyxia, with toxic levels of several prescription drugs a contributing factor.
  • 20 June – Jennifer Song, the current U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women's Amateur Golf champion, won her first tournament as a professional, the Futures Tour major Tate & Lyle Players Championship.
  • 21 June – Ai Miyazato took over the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings, succeeding Jiyai Shin who had held the title for the previous seven weeks. Miyazato won four of the first nine official LPGA tournaments in 2010.
  • 28 June - Cristie Kerr took over the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the LPGA Championship by 12 strokes. She became the first American to hold the top spot since rankings began in 2006.
  • 19 July - Miyazato reclaimed the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
  • 26 July - Shin took back the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after her win in the Evian Masters.
  • 16 August - Kerr reclaimed the number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
  • 23 August – Miyazato returned to number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings after winning the Safeway Classic.
  • 25 October - Kerr again regained her number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
  • 1 November - Shin took back her number 1 position in the Women's World Golf Rankings after LPGA Hana Bank Championship.
  • 21 November - Korean Ahn Sun-ju clinched the season money leader in LPGA of Japan Tour regardless of the outcome of the last remaining tournament, the Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup. She is the only non-Japanese golfer to be the season money leader after Taiwanese Ai-Yu Tu in 1991.

Senior men's professional golfEdit

Senior majors

Full results

Money list leaders

Awards

Amateur golfEdit

World Golf Hall of Fame inducteesEdit

The Hall inducted no class in 2010. On 22 July, it announced that it would move future induction ceremonies to May, on the Monday before The Players Championship. The next class would be inducted on 9 May 2011.[2]

Table of resultsEdit

This table summarizes all the results referred to above in date order.

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
18-21 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship World Golf Championships   Ian Poulter
11-14 Mar WGC-CA Championship World Golf Championships   Ernie Els
1-4 Apr Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA major   Yani Tseng
8-11 Apr The Masters Men's major   Phil Mickelson
6–9 May The Players Championship PGA Tour   Tim Clark
18–21 May NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Purdue / Caroline Hedwall
20–23 May BMW PGA Championship European Tour   Simon Khan
27–30 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major   Tom Lehman
1-6 Jun NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Augusta State / Scott Langley
11-13 Jun Curtis Cup United States v Great Britain & Ireland
women's amateur team event
  Team USA
14-19 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament   Jin Jeong
17-20 Jun U.S. Open Men's major   Graeme McDowell
24-27 Jun LPGA Championship LPGA major   Cristie Kerr
8-11 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major   Paula Creamer
15-18 Jul The Open Championship Men's major   Louis Oosthuizen
22-25 Jul Evian Masters Ladies European Tour major and
LPGA Tour regular event
  Jiyai Shin
22-25 Jul Senior British Open Senior major   Bernhard Langer
29-1 Aug Women's British Open LPGA and Ladies European Tour major   Yani Tseng
29 Jul-1 Aug U.S. Senior Open Senior major   Bernhard Langer
5-8 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships   Hunter Mahan
9-15 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament   Danielle Kang
12-15 Aug PGA Championship Men's major   Martin Kaymer
19-22 Aug JELD-WEN Tradition Senior major   Fred Funk
23-29 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament   Peter Uihlein
26-29 Aug The Barclays PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff   Matt Kuchar
4-7 Sep Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff   Charley Hoffman
3-6 Sep BMW Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff   Dustin Johnson
23-26 Sep The Tour Championship PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff   Jim Furyk
1-3 Oct Ryder Cup Europe v United States
men's professional team event
  Team Europe
7-10 Oct Senior Players Championship Senior major   Mark O'Meara
20-23 Oct Espirito Santo Trophy Women's amateur team event   South Korea
28-31 Oct Eisenhower Trophy Men's amateur team event   France
4-7 Nov WGC-HSBC Champions World Golf Championships   Francesco Molinari
25-28 Nov Dubai World Championship European Tour   Robert Karlsson
2-5 Dec LPGA Tour Championship LPGA Tour   Maria Hjorth

The following biennial events will next be played in 2011: Solheim Cup, Presidents Cup, Seve Trophy, Mission Hills World Cup, Walker Cup.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Associated Press (2 May 2010). "Ryo Ishikawa shoots 58 to win Japan Tour event". PGA Tour. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  2. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Moves to May 2011" (Press release). World Golf Hall of Fame. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.